What Are Friends/Quakers?
What is Unprogrammed
Teacher Job Descriptions
Policy for Protection and
Safety of Children and
Financial Handbook (PDF)
Financial Assistance (PDF)
Middle East Travel Fund (PDF)
Potluck Ingredients Form (PDF)
Final Affairs Plan (PDF)
Application for QHRC (Google form)
Current Reading for Reflection
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Query for this month
Environment & Social Concerns
Erie Yearly Meeting
Michigan Area Office
Prisoner Advocacy Program
Michigan Friends Center
Friends Lake Cooperative
Friends for Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, Transgender and
(Welcoming Church Directory)
The Religious Society of Friends grew out of the ministry of George Fox in England
and America in the second half of the seventeenth century. A religion of inward
experience rather than outward observance, it is rooted in Christianity. A basic
tenet of the Society holds that everyone is possessed of an inward principle, or
faculty, variously called the "Inner Light," the "inward teacher,"
the "seed," or "that of God within," which if followed and
exercised will constantly open one's
mind to truth and one's heart to love. From the very beginning, this tenet has
called Friends to value each person for him or herself. Today Friends take joy
in our diversity.
Since the beginning of Quakerism, our social testimony has been an integral expression
of our faith. Faith is translated into action as Friends take constructive steps to
foster peace, social justice, education, simplicity, and right sharing of resources.
In the course of its development the Society of Friends has undergone many changes
and has branched into a number of forms. Major branches in the United States are
pastoral groups, usually called Friends Churches and affiliated with the Friends
United Meeting or the Evangelical Friends, and the nonpastoral or unprogrammed branch,
affiliated with Friends General Conference or Conservative Yearly Meetings.
In Friends General Conference, of which our Meeting is a part, local congregations
of Friends are organized as "Monthly Meetings." Groups of Monthly Meetings
constitute "Quarterly" and "Yearly" Meetings. The names refer to the
traditional frequency with which Meetings for Business are held.
We as Friends believe that the chief end for each human being is to grow
continuously in the knowledge and love of God, in integrity of life, and in
pure love toward all God's creatures. We believe that participation in a
religious society, in worship and fellowship, is an essential means of
promoting this divine growth. We practice a simple waiting worship,
without outward sacraments, liturgy, program, priest, or professional
minister. Out of the silence may come spoken ministry, which is a
sharing of the Inner Light.